AmpliVox, an audio equipment company, has been named as the Northbrook Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.
AmpliVox manufactures portable sound systems, lecterns, megaphones and multimedia workstations. Its sound systems are found in venues of many types such as schools, restaurants, sports arenas and places of worship. Its lecterns were featured in the 2014 Chicago mayoral debate.
AmpliVox CEO Don Roth purchased the company, formerly known as PermaPower, in 1995 and has helped it grow nationally. The company focuses on developing user-friendly, customized equipment that keeps up with modern technological advancements, such as Bluetooth capabilities for streaming audio to speakers from portable devices.
"AmpliVox is a hidden gem in Northbrook," Gregg Gerstin, who served on the chamber's Business Awards selection committee, said. "The company has shown a strong commitment to Northbrook, supporting local businesses and giving back in meaningful ways that has earned them this well-deserved recognition."
The company is a frequent supporter of charities such as the Special Olympics and Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. Roth will donate the award's $500 honorarium to the North Suburban YMCA.